Do You Have An Addictive Personality?

March 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Hypnotherapy Treatments

If you’ve ever polished off a whole pizza or had one too many drinks, you know what it feels like to overindulge.   But what separates the occasional “over-indulger” from the full blown addict?  Are there personality traits that make one person more susceptible to addiction than another?

The idea that there is such a thing as “addictive personality” is highly debatable in the medical community.  Most experts agree that there is no singular recipe for addictive behavior.  However, there are certain factors that can affect the likelihood of someone developing an addiction:

  • Family history of addiction
  • Gender (e.g., men are twice as likely as women to develop drug addiction)
  • Anxiety, depression and loneliness
  • Antisocial personality
  • Low distress tolerance
  • Difficulty delaying gratification
  • Abuse or trauma in childhood
  • Profound inconsistencies in parenting

If you recognize the signs of an addictive personality in yourself or someone you love, don’t fret. Just because you have the traits, doesn’t mean you’re destined to develop a problem with addiction.  If you are struggling with an addictive behavior, you’re not alone.  There are many treatment options available.  Hypnosis is one alternative approach.